Watch Together: “The Whatchamacallit” (PEEP show) #3

  • incline
  • ramp
  • slide

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.2: Recall information for short periods of time and retell, act out, or represent information from a text read aloud, a recording, or a video (e.g., watch a video about birds and their habitats and make drawings or constructions of birds and their nests).

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Receptive Language: Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 12: Listen to, recite, sing, and dramatize a variety of age-appropriate literature.
English Language Arts/Language 3: Communicate personal experiences or interests.

Watch Together: “The Whatchamacallit” (PEEP show) #3

STEM Key Concepts: A ramp, or inclined plane, is a surface with one end higher than the other; An object on an inclined plane will roll, slide, or stay put; Objects that slide are more likely to move on steeper inclines, and both rolling and sliding objects move faster down steeper inclines; The motion and speed of a rolling or sliding object is affected by the texture of the object and the texture of the surface on which it is rolling or sliding

ELA Focus Skills: Active Viewing, Active Listening, Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Before You Watch
Play the video PEEP and the Big Wide World “The Whatchamacallit.” Set a viewing focus for children by asking them to notice any explorations Peep and his friends explore that are similar to their explorations of using ramps this week.

As You Watch
Pause the video to allow children share connections to their own explorations. Ask them to share similarities or differences in the outcomes of their explorations to those in the video.

After You Watch
Ask children to make connections by asking questions such as

  • Did you see anything in the video that you tried during your explorations? How were your results the same or different from the ones in the video?

Educator Tip: Watching and discussing the selected PEEP stories and live-action video clips can spark and extend children’s interest and understanding of ramps. We suggest that children watch the video clips after they have had an opportunity to do their own initial exploration of ramps. That way your children can compare their experiences and discoveries with those shown on the video clip and think about what additional ramp explorations they might like to try.

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